Restored 18th century pipe organ played at St Mary in the Valley Anglican Church, Kelmscott

Organist Joseph Nolan and the Reverend Ben van der Klip. Picture: Marcelo Palacios www.communitypix.com.au d429163
Organist Joseph Nolan and the Reverend Ben van der Klip. Picture: Marcelo Palacios www.communitypix.com.au d429163

THE historic 18th century pipe organ at Kelmscott's St Mary in the Valley Anglican Church was brought to life on Saturday

Internationally acclaimed organist Joseph Nolan, a former organist of Her Majesty’s Chapels Royal, St James’s Palace and the current master of St George’s Cathedral in Perth, played the organ at a special recital, which celebrated the instrument’s recent restoration.

The pipe organ was built about 1751, making it the oldest in Australia.

Last year, it underwent a complete reconstruction to original specifications.

More than 100 people turned out to watch Mr Nolan play the historic organ on Saturday.

Organiser of the event, Maureen Pease, said the pipe organ, which was originally shipped to Australia in 1971 from St Mark’s Anglican Church in Kent, England, was of enormous historical significance to the area.

‘We enjoyed the experience and talents of Joseph Nolan to fully demonstrate the beauty of this small piece of history,’ she said.